[How to] Stay Human
Created by AVLT
Directed by Matt Slaybaugh.
Sound Design by Dave Wallingford
Lighting Design by Jason Banks
Scenic Art by Michael Szajna
Featured directing by Eleni Papaleonardos
Thursday, November 5 @ 8pm w/ TALKBACK
Friday, November 6 @ 8pm w/ TALKBACK
Saturday, November 7 @ 8pm w/ TALKBACK
Sunday, November 8 @ 2pm
Wednesday, November 11 @ 6pm
Thursday, November 12 @ 8pm w/ TALKBACK
Friday, November 13 @ 12pm
Friday, November 13 @ 8pm w/ TALKBACK
Saturday, November 14 @ 8pm
All performances @
Columbus Performing Arts Center.
549 Franklin Avenue
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If you're not thinking about change, then this play might be too soon for you.
I received a very nice email from someone with whom I worked on the Obama campaign. We had a pretty great day together about a year ago. She’s got two fantastic quotations at the bottom of her email which are definitely worth sharing in the context of [How to] Stay Human.
If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is tied up with mine, then let us work together.
Sometimes you have to act as if acting will make a difference, even when you can’t prove that it will.
Years ago, we lifted the first line of this poem by Diane DiPrima for a play called Pursuit of Happiness. It’s been with us ever since.
Revolutionary Letter #1
I have just realized that the stakes are myself
I have no other
ransom money, nothing to break or barter but my life
my spirit measured out, in bits, spread over
the roulette table, I recoup what I can
nothing else to shove under the nose of the maitre de jeu
nothing to thrust out the window, no white flag
this flesh all I have to offer, to make the play with
this immediate head, what it comes up with, my move
as we slither over this go board, stepping always
(we hope) between the lines
Americans have tended to watch with a remarkable (I think frightening) degree of passivity as crises of all sorts have gripped the country and sent millions of lives into tailspins. Where people once might have deluged their elected representatives with complaints, joined unions, resisted mass firings, confronted their employers with serious demands, marched for social justice and created brand new civic organizations to fight for the things they believed in, the tendency now is to assume that there is little or nothing ordinary individuals can do about the conditions that plague them.
This is so wrong. It is the kind of thinking that would have stopped the civil rights movement in its tracks, that would have kept women in the kitchen or the steno pool, that would have prevented labor unions from forcing open the doors that led to the creation of a vast middle class.
This passivity and sense of helplessness most likely stems from the refusal of so many Americans over the past few decades to acknowledge any sense of personal responsibility for the policies and choices that have led the country into such a dismal state of affairs, and to turn their backs on any real obligation to help others who were struggling.
Those chickens have come home to roost. Being an American has become a spectator sport. Most Americans watch the news the way you’d watch a ballgame, or a long-running television series, believing that they have no more control over important real-life events than a viewer would have over a coach’s strategy or a script for “Law & Order.”